Social Security Scammers Swindle Seniors

Fraudsters work hard to trick seniors to give up their life savings in the “someone stole your social security” scheme. Scammers call pretending to be from Social Security working with the FBI concerning your social security number and the many federal crimes linked to your number. Crimes such as drug and human trafficking and income tax fraud. The scammers work hard to create fear and confusion, threatening you and pretending to be your friend, your helper at the same time all in an effort to separate you from your money.

After the scammer has you off balance believing your freedom is in jeopardy they direct you to go to your bank and withdraw all of your money, then purchase “government certified bonds” at Apple, Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, or any other “government certified stores.”  They may also direct you to deposit all or a portion of your money into a Bitcoin machine.

All along, the scammer assures you that because you “hang on” to the bonds and that they never leave your possession your money is safely in your hands. Except…you must call the scammer back giving them the card serial numbers so they can update your file. As soon as you give them the serial numbers, they transfer your money from the cards to their accounts.

Keep your money safe –

  • When contacted by someone you do not know ask yourself, “Could this be a scam?”
  • Scammers want you emotional. They want you angry, scared, and confused. Feelings that interfere with rational thinking.
  • Just Hang Up – Government agencies never use the phone to tell you of possible illegal activity or a problem. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the government and warning you of an issue, hang up. Most likely, it is a fraud.
  • Think it through – The success of scammers rely upon the victim’s emotions.

If you receive a suspicious call, call our Fraud Line at 239-258-3292. For more information about our many crime prevention programs including our very popular Frauds, Scams and Cons presentation or to schedule one of our Crime Prevention Specialists to speak at your next community, group or business event visit www.sheriffleefl.org or call 239-258-3280.

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